Former Nigerian defender, Godwin Okpara has urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to desist from any attempt to sack Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr with few weeks to the commencement of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Okpara made this call in an interview, where he counsel the NFF to use the AFCON as a yardstick in judging the German tactician.
He However, kicked against the decision to sack him, saying that it may jeopardize the chances of the Super Eagles in making a good impression at at AFCON and also World Cup qualifier final playoff.
“This is not the right time to do all these, apart from the fact that we have the AFCON almost here; we are still in the middle of World Cup qualifiers, so we don’t need these distractions and confusion.
“They should not bring confusion into the team. Let’s allow the coach concentrate on the team. We know we must perform well at the AFCON and also qualify for the World Cup.”
On the team’s chances of going far at the tournament in Cameroon, the former Standard Liège player added, “I have belief in the team, what they needed is discipline, if they really want to go far.
“We have players like Wilfred Ndidi and others who are playing well. All they need now is discipline and whatever the coach is saying, they should do it, if they are playing to the coach’s instructions then they can go places. And whatever we are doing, we should do it straight, allow the coach to do his work, with that, and then we can hold him to whatever results we are getting.
“I have heard a lot and I can’t just be talking about it on the pages of newspapers; we should allow him to do his job without any interference.”
This article was updated 9 months ago